On 23 September, 2012 the majority of the racehorse trainers in Newmarket will open their stables to raise money for charity. The three charity beneficiaries are The New Astley Club, Racing Welfare and the East Anglia Air Ambulance. Between 0900 and 1000 there will also be a public canter up Warren Hill with some of the Newmarket based equine stars cantering on the gallops. The whole day is being sponsored by Betfair who have signed a three year title sponsorship deal.
Members of the public will be able to pick and choose their favourite horses to go and see between 0930 and 1230. As well as the trainers opening their yards there will also be plenty of other visitor attractions such as National Horseracing Museum, Tattersalls, British Racing School, The Jockey Club Rooms, Newmarket Equine Hospital and The National Stud, all being open on the day.
In the afternoon, from 1pm to 4pm, all attention will focus on the Rowley Mile Racecourse for entertainment with an inter stable staff go karting competition, a Trainers v Jockeys go karting competition as well as the Pony club games which will feature the likes of Frankie Dettori, Hayley Turner and William Buick. There will also be tradestands and plenty of entertainment for children.
Julian Richmond-Watson, Chairman of The Betfair Newmarket Open Day, commented: “I am delighted to be involved in bringing back the Newmarket Open Day and am grateful to those trainers that have decided to open their stables for charity. The day will provide a fascinating insight to the behind the scenes world of training racehorses and allow members of the public to see their favourite racehorses in the flesh.”
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute commented: “The three charities all carry out fantastic work within the horse racing industry and I am only too pleased to open my yard to support them and to also showcase Newmarket as the best place to train racehorses in the country.
Betfair executive Martin Cruddace commented: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Betfair Newmarket Open Day for a minimum of three years. We are long-standing sponsors of its Lambourn equivalent and know, first hand, what a valuable and enjoyable day these are in terms of raising public awareness of the sport and money for charity.”
For a map and full list of participating Trainers click here
Tickets can be booked in advance online.
£15 and children under 12 being free admission.